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Premier League issue Everton and Nottingham Forest FFP statement as clubs left sweating | Football | Sport

Everton and Nottingham Forest have been left sweating over the possibility of points deductions after they were deemed to have breached Financial Fair Play regulations. And the Premier League have released a statement following the ruling on Monday afternoon.

“Everton FC and Nottingham Forest FC have each confirmed to the Premier League that they are in breach of the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR),” the statement read. “This is as a result of sustaining losses above the permitted thresholds for the assessment period ending Season 2022/23.

“In accordance with Premier League Rules, both cases have now been referred to the chair of the Judicial Panel, who will appoint separate Commissions to determine the appropriate sanction.

“Commissions are independent of the Premier League and member clubs. The proceedings are heard in private with the Commissions’ final decisions made public on the Premier League’s website. The League will make no further comment until that time.”

The current FFP rules state that clubs are allowed to lose a maximum of £105million over a three-season period. And Everton have already been hit with a 10-point deduction this season after they breached the rules for the period between 2019 and 2022. But the Toffees have now been charged with falling foul of the regulations for the period between 2020 and 2023. And the same charge has been brought against Forest.

Everton have somehow managed to stay out of the relegation zone following their 10-point penalty and currently find themselves in 17th position in the table after winning eight of their 21 Premier League matches this season. And Forest are 15th in the table with five wins to their name.

If the Premier League hand out 10-point deductions for the new offences, Everton would be left with just seven points and would drop to the bottom of the table, while Forest would have a tally of 10 points and fall to 19th. And both clubs would face a huge task to stave off relegation to the Championship.

Following the ruling, Everton released a statement that read: “The Club must now defend another Premier League complaint which includes the very same financial periods for which it has already been sanctioned, before that appeal has even been heard. The Club takes the view that this results from a clear deficiency in the Premier League’s rules.

“Everton can assure its fans that it will continue to defend its position during the ongoing appeal and, should it be required to do so, at any future commission – and that the impact on supporters will be reflected as part of that process.”

And Forest said: “Nottingham Forest acknowledges the statement from the Premier League confirming that the club has today been charged with a breach of the league’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules. The club intends to continue to cooperate fully with the Premier League on this matter and are confident of a speedy and fair resolution.”

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